Mir cleared for TRT use, but says if banned, he’d compete without it
Frank Mir received a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy after examination by a board certified endocrinologist, the New Jersey Athletic Control Board said today in a statement released to FOX Sports and other media outlets by its legal counsel Nick Lembo.
New Jersey does not typically publicly disclose information regarding medical matters or drug testing due to its interpretation of privacy laws, but in this case, they decided to comment on the situation after Mir publicly announced he’d received a TUE.
Lembo’s statement said that Mir has been and will continue to be monitored via blood, hair and urine testing until after his bout with Alistair Overeem at UFC 169.
In granting Mir the TUE, New Jersey’s lead ringside Dr. Sherry Wulkan reviewed the reports generated by both the endocrinologist seen by Mir, along with records provided by Nevada and Wisconsin, states where Mir has previously been granted exemptions.
As of right now, the rule is that it can be done, so I just have to follow the regulations.
“Any further comment from this agency will not be made until after the competition,” Lembo said in the statement. “At this point, both Mr. Mir and Mr. Overeem should be able to solely focus on their upcoming bout. Any distractions due to this issue would be a disservice to the contest.”
Earlier this week, the Association of Ringside Physicians released a statement supporting the elimination of TRT TUE’s. The next day, Dana White said he agreed with that position.
On Wednesday, Mir told FOX Sports that if TRT TUE’s were indeed banned, he would continue to compete with the treatment, saying he went through a year of his career fighting and competing before being officially diagnosed with low testosterone.
“As of right now, the rule is that it can be done, so I just have to follow the regulations,” he said. “If things change in the future, I’ve always competed within the rules, so if they stop it, I’ll deal with it.
“For me, it wouldn’t really affect me that much,” he continued. “It’s more for my personal health in my personal life. Like I said, I trained and fought without TRT when I really first needed it. Realistically, I could fight without it.”